Bite Box brings breakfast & lunch to W McGraw this month

We first wrote about Sharon Fillingim’s new post-Grub venture in June, when the spot next to Five Corners Hardware was getting the first taste of its new facelift. Now, final touches like custom windows and an 8’ glass door are all that’s left to complete the transformation of the 1950 building at 307 W McGraw St. Sharon plans to open Bite Box at the end of October.

bite-box-burgerIn the meantime, amidst construction chaos, Sharon has been busy crafting a menu for Bite Box, which is billed as “fast casual fare” for neighborhood breakfasts and lunches. The staff has already been privy to a taste test of menu items like Millet Cobb salad, burger w/oxtail ragu, and pecan pie Belgian waffle.

The menu also features some gluten-free items, daily house-made soups, and options to add protein to salads. Plus, you can expect a few specials, some familiar to Grub fans and some new ones too. Beverages range from Portland’s Heart Coffee to sake bloody Marys, mimosas, wine, and local beer.

According to Sharon:

“My objective and vision was to design a space for business luncheons and meetings to the businesses around me, as well as my fellow neighbors. The current menu will be offered all day on the days we’re open. I hope that my customers will feel that Bite Box is similar to smaller cafes in various neighborhoods found not only in Seattle but throughout other cities. With a smaller menu and space, I’m able to keep it personal, something that is very important to me.”

bite-box-interiorBite Box will be open Wednesdays – Fridays 8am to 3:30pm, and Saturdays & Sundays from 9am to 4pm.

If the construction schedule stays on track, expect Bite Box to be open by the end of the month. You can see the new, warm and inviting interior in the photo from Bite Box’s Facebook page to the right. Stop by and welcome Sharon back to the Queen Anne restaurant roster!

New boutique Foundation brings classic clothing to Queen Anne

foundation-storefrontOpen just over a month, Foundation is Queen Anne’s newest locally-owned shop, bringing classic, comfortable clothing to Queen Anne Ave N. Shop owner Summer David curates the collection that fills the small space with efficient ease. Located in the old My Dressing Room spot at 1817 Queen Anne Ave N, the shop features new merchandise every week.

Summer wanted to open a boutique for a while, and a Kickstarter campaign helped launch the venture. Along the way, she found a storefront on Queen Anne, which seems somewhat serendipitous, as it’s one of her favorite Seattle neighborhoods. Summer cites qualities that we all love about Queen Anne, including the walkability, the small town feel, and many locally owned businesses. For the latter, she specifically calls out the many women-owned businesses on Queen Anne Ave, of which Foundation is now a member.

Check out how Foundation has transformed the small 200 square foot space via a panorama shot from Summer:

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According to Summer, customers are at the heart of Foundation:

“I’ve wanted to open my own store for a while, but it was listening to my clients tell me how hard it is to find casual, comfortable, classic pieces for their wardrobes without having to run all over town that really helped form the vision for Foundation. In the past six weeks, I’ve had so many customers walk in and tell me my store looks like a snapshot of their closets, and a few even asked if there is a “one of everything” subscription service – that’s when I knew I was on the right track! I already have “regulars” and I look forward to meeting more folks every day.”

screen-shot-2016-10-09-at-3-39-35-pmWhat can you expect to find at Foundation? Summer describes her merchandise as “wear it everyday” clothing with nothing over $300, and most items under $100. Think jeans and casual pants, sweaters and tees, jackets and day dresses. As we inch closer to the holidays, expect her to get a few “fancy” pieces in the shop, along with scarves, bags, and a small collection of jewelry.  You can stay up to date on what’s in the shop via Foundation’s Facebook page.

Stop by Foundation to welcome Summer to the neighborhood. Remember, it’s the small, independent, locally-owned shops that help make up the character of Queen Anne – we’re lucky to have another one join our community!

Lash Addict moving to 6 W Howe

Vian Hunter bldgVian Hunter House of Fashion spent about a year on Queen Anne before turning to other ventures and leaving 6 W Howe St open for a new business. That new business is Lash Addict, formerly located on East Madison.

Lash Addict is an eyelash extension salon owned by Queen Anne resident Suzie Gaulthier. Suzie also owns House of Lashes in north Seattle.

A grand opening is in the works for the end of February, before the new salon opens on March 1st. You can make appointments for the Queen Anne location on Lash Addict’s website.

Queen Bee Café opens with fresh crumpets and more this Saturday

Queen Bee signWe first provided the run-down on Queen Bee Café last month, and the grand opening is now set for this Saturday, September 26th. The café specializes in crumpets and sandwiches made with crumpets aka crumpwiches, and it’ll also serve coffee, tea, and other beverages as well.

The crumpet and coffee shop will be located in the Aegis Living building at 223 W Galer St, with chef Justin Sledge, formerly of Café Juanita and currently of Queen Bee’s other location on Capitol Hill, at the helm of it’s crumpet creations.

Aside from the crumpets, another good reason to try Queen Bee is their philanthropic approach to the business. Each quarter, all profits go to a selected charity – and first up is the Queen Anne Helpline.

If you’d like to check out the making of a crumpwich, and see the good work of the Queen Anne Helpline highlighted too, check out the segment that aired earlier today on New Day Northwest:

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Crumpet fans: mark your calendars for Saturday and beyond!

The Other Coast Cafe is coming to 12 Mercer this fall

The spot at 12 Mercer St that used to house Krua Thai will soon be a new location for The Other Coast Cafe. The local sandwich shop already has locations in Ballard and on Capitol Hill, and Lower Queen Anne/Uptown is up next. (thanks to Sean for the tip!)

According to Emily at The Other Coast Cafe: “We’re very happy to be moving into the neighborhood and particularly the Krua Thai spot. We love the old building and its history.”

The Other Coast Cafe plans to start serving sandwiches at 12 Mercer St in late October/early November. In addition to the menu items you can see online, the shop plans to add a few new items to the menu for the Queen Anne location. Plus, delivery and catering for all your event needs.

Get ready to welcome them to the neighborhood this fall!

Peridot Boutique now open on Upper Queen Anne

Peridot openingThis past weekend, the newest Upper Queen Anne merchant, Peridot Boutique, had a soft opening, complete with a ribbon cutting at 2133 Queen Anne Ave N. The shop has been located further down Queen Anne Ave N between Mercer and Republican, and that spot will continue to operate until the end of the month or sooner if all merchandise sells before September 30th.

To celebrate the new location – which has undergone a complete transformation from a bagel shop into a unique clothing boutique – Peridot will host a grand opening this Saturday.

The new shop is open Monday -Saturday 10am-8pm and Sunday 11am-7pm, and owner Lindsey says “the neighborhood has been really amazing and supportive” already.

Be sure to stop by and welcome them to the neighborhood!